Week 32 Day 3
Tuesday (1 Kings 1)
Deshi had grown ill with a disease; sensing his weakness during the transfer of power, a nephew of his attempted to rally some disaffected Intown members to make him the next senior pastor.
Deshi had become somewhat more temperamental, due to his illness, and had offended some of those whom he had recently persuaded to cooperate in organizational changes.
One of the elders, and several long-time members and large donors, decided to join the “coup”.
Nabil heard about their plan and recommended that Deshi have some allies, not known as such to the rebels, convince the rebellious members to host a rally for their followers.
While the rally was going on Deshi, Nabil, and the rest of the elders brought his son, Sefu, to a hastily and quietly arranged gathering of the majority of Intown’s members. There they elected and anointed Sefu as their next senior pastor.
Word traveled to the rebellious members and most of the gathering fled. They had stolen some church records and some worship area resources and were frighted they might be arrested.
Sefu sent word that if they returned what had been taken, and either resigned or accepted church discipline, he would not involve law enforcement. They did so.
When have you had to deal carefully with someone in authority because they were temperamental?
Dear Lord, You are sovereign in the affairs of Your people and rebellion always results in harm to the rebellious. May I be careful and prayerful when making decisions so that I do not get out ahead of Your timing and/or apart from Your will. Amen. dmc2016